Virtual Reality and Phantom Limb Pain

From VR Medicine News–A recent review article aimed to synthesize the current research on the treatment of phantom limb pain (PLP) using immersive VR and AR. The review analyzed 8 studies, and found improvement of pain with VR and AR treatment for PLP. Simulator sickness was the only adverse effect observed, and occurred only in one trial for one patient. However, due to the low quality of evidence in the studies reviewed, “the current use of VR and AR for PLP management, while attractive due to the increasing levels of immersion, customizable environments, and decreasing cost, is yet to be fully proven,” the authors note.

Dunn J, Yeo E, Moghaddampour P, Chau B, Humbert S. Virtual and augmented reality in the treatment of phantom limb pain: A literature review. NeuroRehabilitation. 2017. http://content.iospress.com/articles/neurorehabilitation/nre1447.